Skip to 0 minutes and 17 secondsWelcome back. This week we're going to focus on anxiety. Now all of us have had anxiety at some point in our lives. We know what it feels like, but what's it like to have an anxiety disorder? And how is it different from the day to day anxiety that you and I and everybody in the world has felt? We're going to meet somebody who's had anxiety, who can tell us about what that feels like and what their experience was. We're also going to look at some of the myths and misconceptions about anxiety and give you some facts and figures about what anxiety is and what it isn't.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsAnd finally, we're going to look at anxiety from the point of view of cognitive behaviour therapy. So what does CBT tell us about anxiety? How does it develop? How is it experienced and what does it feel like? And more importantly, why doesn't it just go away?

Welcome to Week 3

Hello and welcome back to Week 3 of ‘Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT’. During this week, we’ll be focusing on anxiety; what is it, how it affects people, and what keeps it going.

Starting the week by thinking about what anxiety is, we’ll ask you to complete a short quiz to see how much you already know about this disorder. We’ll also be thinking about some of the common myths and stereotypes which surround anxiety, and addressing each in turn with more accurate information.

We’ll be thinking about what distinguishes an anxiety disorder from normal everyday feelings of anxiety, and what it might feel like to have anxiety. We’ll be exploring some of the different ways in which anxiety might present.

Finally, we’ll be thinking about anxiety in the context of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), ie, how a CBT model can explain how and why anxiety persists.


Remember, the Educators and Mentors will be on hand to help support the discussions. They’ll answer questions where they can but won’t be able to respond to everyone, and they’ll not be able to offer individual advice on mental health difficulties. You can follow the team by clicking on their names to visit their profile page, then clicking the ‘Follow’ button. Any comments made will appear in your activity feed on your profile, which you can filter by ‘Following’.

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Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT

University of Reading